“There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and HELP US” (ACTS 16:10).
These words of dire desperation, “Come, Help Us,” have echoed through the ages for 2,000 years now, and they still echo loudly today.
The question is can we hear them?
If we would listen carefully we could hear the words, “Come, Help Us” coming from “around the corner” and “around the world.” We would no doubt, hear this cry from the physically and spiritually impoverished of Southeast Asia, the refugees in the Middle-East, the economically-sound, but spiritually starved of China, and the poor and marginalized of all countries and all cultures “around the corner” and “around the world.”
“Come, Help Us!”
When the words, “Come, Help Us” reached the ears and the heart of the apostle Paul, he chose to do something about it. And, it wasn’t simply to “pray” for others to “GO.” No, he didn’t stop with writing a check for others to “GO.” He didn’t stop with simply encouraging others to “GO.”
No sir! The apostle Paul allowed what his eyes saw and what his ears heard, to affect his heart, and, more importantly, move his will. The apostle Paul chose to follow the Spirit’s leading. He laid aside his personal desires, he left his comfort zone, he stepped out by faith, and chose to “GO” where the need was greatest.
How about us today?
“My biggest fear, even today, is that I will hear Jesus’ words and walk away content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him.”